Headache Migraine

A 2016 Cochrane review found that acupuncture outperformed prophylactic drugs:  “After three months headache frequency at least halved in 57% of participants receiving acupuncture and 46% receiving prophylactic drugs “

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Looking for Headache or Migraine Relief?

We offer acupuncture treatments for headaches and migraines at our clinic in Ringwood, Melbourne's eastern suburbs, along with Chinese herbal medicine and naturopathic support.

Acupuncture treatments for headaches and migraine are a common feature at our clinic.  We combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine, clinical testing, dietary advice and nutritional supplementation.

Headaches and migraines can be truly debilitating, impacting every aspect of life, from family time to work and holidays (pain can really ruin a getaway).   All of us experience headaches from time to time.  However, if your condition is chronic or recurring, dealing with headaches or migraine can be truly exhausting.

We see many clients come through our doors suffering from headaches and migraines, and we feel great joy when they walk out feeling much better!

Headache or Migraine – what’s the difference?

The difference lies in severity.  A migraine is an extreme headache, the kind that pounds inside your skull.  It is also often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light.

Acupuncture treatments for headaches or migraine – what’s involved?

Clients receiving acupuncture treatments for headaches or migraine often have immediate results, however, research indicates that acupuncture is most successful when used long term – ideally at least 3  months, though 6 months is even better.

A 2016 Cochrane review found that acupuncture outperformed prophylactic drugs: “After three months headache frequency at least halved in 57% of participants receiving acupuncture and 46% receiving prophylactic drugs (pooled RR 1.24; 95% CI 1.08 to 1.44) and after six months in 59% and 54%, respectively (pooled RR 1.11; 95% CI 0.97 to 1.26; moderate quality evidence).” (1)

This high-quality meta-analysis indicates that integrating regular acupuncture treatments into your lifestyle is well worth considering for reducing the burden of headache/migraine frequency.

Most studies with acupuncture and headaches focus on ‘tension type headaches’ or TTH.  However, since a Chinese medicine doctor treats the imbalances detected within the individual, acupuncture may be useful for a range of headache types.  Research data about acupuncture and TTH headaches appear to be very positive overall, however further quality research is needed in this area to address the wide variety of headaches experienced across the population.

Common types of headaches include the following:

  • tension headache
  • cluster headache
  • migraine headache
  • hemicrania continua
  • ice pick headache
  • thunderclap headache
  • allergy or sinus headache
  • hormone headache (also known as menstrual migraine)
  • caffeine headache
  • exertion headache
  • hypertension headache
  • rebound headache
  • post-traumatic headache
  • spinal headache

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments for headaches and migraine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  TCM understands that headache symptoms are a result of ‘patterns of disharmony’ that must be corrected so the body can once again thrive and be pain-free.   These ‘patterns of disharmony’ are completely unique to the individual. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is no ‘blanket’ solution, because we are not just treating symptoms, but addressing the root causes of your pain. Acupuncture points are chosen and herbs are selected not for the condition, but for the person.

Always remember that pain is like a red oil warning light on your car dashboard.  If you ignore it, your car will eventually blow up!  There’s also no point only dealing with symptoms – this is the same as cutting the wire to the red warning light.  It may get rid of the warning sign, but it hasn’t solved the problem.

The only way to truly solve painful headaches and migraines that are chronic or recurring is to find and treat the root cause.  At our clinic, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic techniques to assess your health status, as well as naturopathic clinical testing to detect any nutritional imbalances or other problems with how your body is functioning.

This multi-faceted approach means our clients have an excellent chance of getting to the bottom of their headaches or migraines and finding a long-term solution.

Take out the risk with our $30 First Visit Guarantee.

We are so confident you’ll be satisfied with your first consultation that if you’re unhappy with our service, we’ll not only refund the cost of our services … we’ll also give you $30! All you need to do is inform our receptionist at the end of your consultation and answer a few questions so we know how we can improve the service we offer for future clients. The Guarantee must be acted upon within 24 hours of your consultation.

Products from third party suppliers purchased by you at your first consultation may be returned and fully refunded providing they are unopened and undamaged (excludes refrigerated products).  Products made in-house specifically for you (e.g. customised herbal medicines) cannot be returned or refunded.

Terms & Conditions:
– The Guarantee must be acted upon within 24 hours of your consultation.
– The Guarantee can only be used once per person

How to make an appointment

To get started immediately, you can book an Initial Acupuncture with Assessment right here, send us a message or call us on 9876 8786.

If your condition is complex or you would like an in-depth assessment of your health, please choose an Initial Comprehensive Consultation to start with, and our practitioner will then book you in for a series of acupuncture treatments as required.

Parking at our Ringwood, Melbourne clinic

There is usually plenty of parking directly outside our ground-floor clinic.


Our clinic is fully wheelchair accessible with restrooms for people with disabilities on the ground floor of the building.


We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic!


Please note: the above information is general in nature and should not be used as medical advice.  Every person is unique and should seek individual health advice.


(1) Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Fei Y, Mehring M, Vertosick EA, Vickers A, White AR. Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD001218. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001218.pub3. Accessed 14 April 2023.